Patrick van Aanholt told he was dropped 15 minutes before kick off

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Fifteen minutes before Sunderland kicked off their Premier League match at Tottenham, David Moyes threw a spanner in the works by changing his starting XI.

Patrick van Aanholt had been named in the original line up to start the game at left-back but Jason Denayer ended up taking his place when the first whistle was blown.

The Black Cats had claimed Van Aanholt picked up an injury in the warm-up but footage caught by Sky Sports' cameras would appear to cast some doubt on that statement.

You can see a still image below of the exact moment the Dutch defender is told he would not be participating in the match.

Van Aanholt's expression really says it all as he looks completely bewildered by the news.

His replacement, Denayer was the one to pass the message on to the left-back, who obviously felt he had been fit to play.

The 26-year-old dropped out of the squad entirely and Donald Love was given the late call up to sit on the bench.

The change forced Sunderland's back four into an impromptu shuffle as Javier Manquillo switched to left-back in order to accommodate Denayer on the other side.

Whether Van Aanholt was actually injured or it was a case of Moyes trying to pull the wool over Spurs' eyes didn't really matter as the home side were still able to win the game 1-0.

Harry Kane pounced on a mistake by Papy Djilobodji in the second half to give Mauricio Pochettino's men all three points as Adnan Januzaj was sent off late on for a Sunderland side who remain without a win under Moyes.

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David Moyes
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